The club's archives include an interesting collection of campaign paraphernalia from, of all things, Allegheny County Democratic Committee races.
The position clearly carried more weight back in the salad days of
patronage and ward chair power. Many committee races involved
more than one candidate (a rare occurrence nowadays, for better or
worse), and in a few primary elections the club ran an extensive slate
of endorsed candidates in a bid to take over the ward.
According to a 1964 Pittsburgh Press article about
the club, "Dr. Eugene Sucov, chairman of the 14th Ward Independent
Democrats, announced his group will seek to elect 37 members of the Ward
Democratic Committee." One of those committee hopefuls was current club
board member Nat Hershey. (Here's a headshot of Nat in 1964.)
Obituary: Celeste S. Behrend / Liberal political activist in city's 14th Ward.
Posted below are the entire results of the 1964 14th Ward committee elections, along with a list of club-backed candidates and a map of the districts at that time (there were 32, compared to to 41 today.) Unfortunately, many of the club's candidates lost that year, including Nat, Carol Berger and Marcum Schneider. However, Celeste prevailed, and of course, Nat and other club candidates would be elected to the committee in subsequent elections.